i love slowing down. cruising is the best way to see burgundy. it forces you to slow down. steves: and steve's family is hitching a ride, too, as we learn how the french, who invented our modern concept of a vacation, are on to something good with barging. oh, my. steves: the canal-side lane, built as an industrial-age tow path, is ideal for jogging, strolling, or biking. boats come with bikes, and the pace is relaxing enough to allow for excursions. your ride is punctuated by a lock every mile or so. by going from lock to lock, boats can gently climb, step by step, over the rolling terrain. each lock is a treat. attendants who live in the historic lock houses are friendly and always ready to help out. some locks are automated. [ beeping ] others involve a little old-fashioned elbow grease.